Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures
Location: W. Ostwaldi Str 1, Tartu
B-wing 2. floor
Employees of the laboratory
The Laboratory of Physics of Nanostructures (LPNS) engages in research and education in nanoscience, specifically in materials science, in the physics of low-dimensional structures, and in their interdisciplinary applications.
Currently, a strong research focus is placed on the materials science and the controlled design and growth of nanoparticles and linear nanostructures (nanowires, nanofibers, nanotubes) as well as the use of novel, functional device&materials based on nanowires in a wide range of applications, composite materials, functional surfaces, electro-optics. In addition there is a strong emphasis on nanotoxicology and modeling of structure and mechanical properties of nanostructures.
Laboratory equipment in LPNS enables to carry out cutting edge scientific researcher. Scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscope purchased in the last few years enable precise characterization of nanostructures. Commercial and self-made equipment for synthesis and modification of nanostructures can be found in chemistry laboratory. Clean room facilities offer a unique work environment where number of particles in the air is strictly controlled.
These research activities at the LPNS are performed in a highly collaborative manner between the University and Estonian and foreign companies. LPNS aim is to balance between fundamental and applied research. For example, institutional research funding project "Structure sensitive interaction mechanisms in functional materials at nanoscale" concentrates on the fundamental research of nanotechnology. At the same time LPNS is involved with “Zero energy and resource efficient buildings and districts”, which uses novel materials and technologies e.g. nanotechnology to increase the energy efficiency of buildings. In addition, there are few smaller nanotechnology related projects which involve laboratory research for companies.
The LPNS is strongly engaged in education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including in the management and teaching of the Master of Science programs in Nanotechnology.
The LPNS has around 10 employees and is part of the Institute of Physics, which is organizationally affiliated with the Faculty of Science and Technology at University of Tartu.
Research is founded by European Union trough European Regional Development Fund.